Optimum Nutrition

Optimum nutrition is consuming food that is according to a person’s nutritional requirements which is dependent on:

  1. Age
  2. Gender
  3. Level of physical activity
  4. Health status (pregnant, lactating, diabetic or any other health complication)

English: Typical Atkins diet meal

The concept of a balanced diet is derived from optimum nutrition. A balanced diet is one that contains food from the different food groups in the right amount and correct proportion. [click here for the different groups in a balanced diet-in process].

Age is an important determinant of optimum nutrition and nutritional needs of an individual varies throughout the life-cycle. Important nutritional milestones include:

  1. Infant nutrition breastfeeding and weaning
  2. Childhood nutrition
  3. Adolescence nutrition
  4. Adult nutrition
  5. Geriatric nutrition
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